The impact of the shape on energy performance for residential buildings has been investigated using a series of simulation analyses. The shape of a building is quantified by its compactness relative to a reference building. In this paper, the performance of a prototypical residential building with various shapes is investigated for selected locations in the US. Various window-to-wall ratios are considered in the analysis. The findings indicate that significant energy can be saved when the shape and the window-to-wall ratio of the building are optimized. A simplified evaluation method is provided to help designers assess the impact of basic building architectural features on the energy performance of residential buildings.
Impact of Shape on Residential Buildings Energy Performance
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Pappas, A, Loew, E, Scotland-Stewart, T, & Krarti, M. "Impact of Shape on Residential Buildings Energy Performance." Proceedings of the ASME 2005 International Solar Energy Conference. Solar Energy. Orlando, Florida, USA. August 6–12, 2005. pp. 105-111. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ISEC2005-76175
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